Atheist. Various posts here have got my mind bubbling, which usually ends up with really dumb questions to which I do not know the answers. Is Ateist really just a stopping place, where you catch your breath and make sure you are still here? With the next step one of true searching to find what is right for you, from Wiccan to Quaker to Agnostic, to Humanist?
Atheism is the rejection of the claim of god (s). There is nothing anyone could do to change my lack of belief. The steps to take in the search of truth are the sciences. It's testable, and based on objectivity. No better way to find a truth than by looking for facts.
Atheism shouldn't exist. Period. The term itself is derogatory to those who claim it. It was given to non believers by believers, it means "without god." If we dropped the idea of any god or gods then there would no necessity. The word atheist would no longer have a meaning. If there are no gods then how can I be without god? There are no gods, therefore god can't be with me, so atheist means nothing. I am a moral human being and my morality comes from evolution. And yes, morality is a product of evolution, not a demand from god
I don't quite understand your question. If you mean atheism, no, I am pretty sure that atheism is the default position, and without brainwashing at a young, impressionable age, it's where everyone would be. Barring a traumatic brain injury or dementia, I cannot see religion as an option for me.
A-theism is simply the lack of Theism.
I am Ignostic.
Ignosticism is an Epistomologic position; it is a set of ideas refuting the importance of determining the existence of God. It claims that knowledge regarding the reality of God is altogether unprofitable.
It is the idea that every theological position assumes too much about the concept of God and other theological concepts; including (but not limited to) concepts of faith, spirituality, heaven, hell, afterlife, damnation, salvation, sin and the soul.
IF you cannot even define what you are talking about, or consider it beyond human understanding, how is it you can claim to know anything about it and keep your intellectual integrity intact?
It is not my worldview, that is shaped by other things like Humanism. I run my life based on Ethics tempered with Empathy.
As long as I thought of the concept of god as a literal thing I was a believer until I was about 14, and then an atheist until I was about 65 or so. Then when I began to see the concept as a metaphor, I could no longer identify as an atheist because I can plainly see that the things the metaphor points to, do exist. The question “does god exist?” no longer holds any meaning for me. A more useful question is “what is god’s nature?” For me, god is a meaningful abstraction, which is an emergent quality of human nature, created by evolution because it conferred increased survivability and reproducibility to our species. It is not just a popular but erroneous idea; it is an indelible part of us we’d be better off to understand than to deny, because it won’t be going away in the next few hundred thousand years.
Einstein vehemently claimed that he was not an atheist. He claimed he was an agnostic. He felt humility in the face of all he knew about the universe. He rejected all religion and their claims about God including the Bible. But he did believe in God. The question is - how he defined God. which had nothing to do with religion or a personal God.